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Texatelier is primarily run and taught by partners Nikola Orpen and Sean Cassette. They live between their off-grid 'Permaculture' homestead and studios in Portugal and a small, equally permaculture, organic small-holding in SW France. Farming, in their case, is non-commercial and a means to an independant self-sufficeincy which permits time and flexibility for their teaching activities in the Arts and sustainable ecological practices derived from their farming and natural-building surroundings.
Nikola and Sean are widely traveled: North America, India, SE Asia, Russia, West Africa and most of Europe - east and west. They are just re-emerging from a six month period of volunteering with 'United Nations Association International Service' in Burkina Faso and Ghana respectively. (Sean will be returning to Ghana in September 2016)

 

Nikola Orpen MA PDC

Nikola Orpen
Nikola graduated from Leeds Metroplitan University with an MA in 1996 and holds an honors degree in Fine Art. She undertook her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2012 at Rak Tamachat in Thailand.
Nikola is a practising artist, exhibiting both nationally and internationally and has her work held in various national collections. She has taught art and textiles for over 25 years in many colleges throughout the Uk and has also worked on community arts projects mainly in Yorkshire and Norfolk, England, using textiles as a medium to promote communication.

 

Sean Cassette MA PGCE PDC

Sean Cassette
Sean Cassette holds two MA, the most recent in 'ART in Architecture' from the University of East London, 2003, and the first in 'Art and Design Education' awarded by LMU in 1998. He is PGCE (Distc.) and has taught at various universities, colleges of further education and schools. He holds an honors degree in Fine Art and an HND (Distc.) in 'Multimedia'. Sean is currently employed at Beauvile Arts, France, as 'Set Director' and also teaches 'Arts Plastique' to those who enroll for Musical Theatre and the current 4 productions per year that he is involved with. His PDC was also awarded in Thailand in 2012.
 
     

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STAGES D'ARTS TEXTILES and PERMACULTURE - ATELIERS à LOT [46] France / ARGANIL Portugal - TEXTIlES ART WORKSHOPS AND HOMESTEADING COURSES By Nikola Orpen and Sean Cassette création textile

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